The boundary between the virtual world and reality is blurred when you wear the mixed reality headset of Finnish company Varjo.
Varjo’s headset possesses a Bionic Display, a screen that mimics the workings of the human eye. Meaning, you to see the same level of detail as you would in real life — clear, crisp, and not pixelated. The device delivers ultra-high-resolution graphics and video blended with real-time HD video stream captured by cameras on the headset. It allows you to interact with the real and virtual world at the same time.
“Our patented human-eye resolution hardware and software transform mixed reality from a curiosity into a revolutionary professional tool,” Varjo CEO and founder Urho Konttori said in an interview with Dezeen.
Mixed reality technology is somehow similar to augmented reality. In augmented reality, virtual objects overlay on the physical world. In mixed reality, the virtual objects respond to reality and the actions of the user. It changes as you look up, down, and side to side.
Konttori says that their headset could be particularly useful in training like flying a plane, where the user is put inside a virtual cockpit. The device allows the user to look around, see all of the dials, switches, and radar screens in realistic detail.
The company also sees it as a new tool for architecture and design firms who venture in 3D visualisation. The powerful headset will help designers communicate their work with the clients, thus speeding the planning phase.
“Clients and stakeholders know what they want, but they’re not as good as designers in imagining from imperfect models. They need to see the work completed in order to give good feedback,” Roope Rainisto, Varjo’s chief design officer explains in an interview.
The Bionic Display technology in Varjo’s mixed reality headset is so high-tech that it can show textures and surface finishes in full detail.
“It is the smallest details that are extremely important — how a given surface looks at a given date and time from a certain angle,” he said.
Varjo’s headsets will be launched at the end of this year, while the mixed reality add-on will come in early 2019. It is expected to compete against the world’s popular VR devices like Oculus Rift, Microsoft HoloLens, and HTC Vive.